In September 2017, Intel launched its Intel® 5G Mobile Trial Platform to aid the ever-growing communications industry in meeting its multitudinous targets of ambitious goals. This was the first equitable platform to appropriately conform to upcoming new radio standards. The world’s first successful over-the-air test showcasing 5G interoperability and development testing (IODT), based on the Release 15 NSA 5G NR specification, has been conducted by Intel, Deutsche Telecom (DT) and Huawei.
The test standard is set through a collusion of the world’s telecommunication companies that fall within the 3GPP initiative. The test was based on Huawei’s 5G commercial base station and Intel’s third-generation 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform. This testing is a critical step towards the full commercial launch of Intel-based 5G solutions. In turn, it is believed that this technology will be capable of aiding billions of connected devices by 2019.
The Intel 5G NR Mobile Trial Platform allows equipment makers and operators to speed time to market. Its features include developing 5G network designs for the specifications of the NSA NR standard more quickly, including spectrum, band, capacity and handover solutions that are fully tractable with the new radio (NR) standard. The configuration used in this test was based on the largest C-band cell bandwidth defined by the 5G NR standard.
It incorporated the latest Massive MIMO multi-antenna and beamforming technology. While it involves multiple technologies, it is essentially a wireless network that allows the transmitting and receiving of more than one data signal simultaneously over the same radio channel.
Cooperation on 5G network research work began in 2016 between DT and Huawei. The research was essentially committed to precipitating the development and adoption of 5G networks. With the benefit of Intel’s 5G NR platform, the group was able to quickly deliver results in these successful IODT tests. The tests are now subscribing to the creation of a mature 5G industry.